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Valentine's Day -- Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.
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Valentine's Day -- Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day -- Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
12 February 2010 (USA) See more »
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A Love Story. More or Less. See more »
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Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Romantic Comedy See more (200 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jessica Alba ... Morley Clarkson

Kathy Bates ... Susan

Jessica Biel ... Kara Monahan

Bradley Cooper ... Holden

Eric Dane ... Sean Jackson

Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Harrison Copeland

Hector Elizondo ... Edgar

Jamie Foxx ... Kelvin Moore

Jennifer Garner ... Julia Fitzpatrick

Topher Grace ... Jason

Anne Hathaway ... Liz

Carter Jenkins ... Alex

Ashton Kutcher ... Reed Bennett

Queen Latifah ... Paula Thomas

Taylor Lautner ... Willy

George Lopez ... Alphonso

Shirley MacLaine ... Estelle

Emma Roberts ... Grace

Julia Roberts ... Captain Kate Hazeltine

Bryce Robinson ... Edison

Taylor Swift ... Felicia
Matthew Walker ... Greg Gilkins

Larry Miller ... Oversized Baggage Agent

Beth Kennedy ... Mrs. Claudia Smart

Katherine LaNasa ... Pamela Copeland

Kristen Schaal ... Ms. Gilroy

Erin Matthews ... Flight Attendant

Christine Lakin ... Heather

Lauren Reeder ... Hotel Clerk Michelle

Joey Sorge ... Amos

Julia Springer ... Olivia Copeland

Alec Nemser ... Charlie

Kathleen Marshall ... Nikki
Rick Batalla ... Michael

Anna Kulinova ... Bulgarian Girl

Cassie Rowell ... Coffee Barista

Faline England ... Flower Shop Customer #1
James F. McCann ... Flower Shop Customer #2

Shea Curry ... Friend Elise

Alexis Kendra ... Friend Dana (as Alexis Peters)

Wedil David ... Rani's Mom Rehka

Natalie Machado ... Indian Bride (as Natalie Timmermans)

Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Party Singer
Scott Crumly ... Indian Restaurant Valet

Jonathan Morgan Heit ... Tough Franklin
Megan Suri ... Rani

Brooklynn Proulx ... Madison

Karolinah Villarreal ... Gwen

Angelo Salvatore Restaino ... Alex's Friend Gideon

Scott Marshall ... Mr. Schwabbe
Kelly Flynn ... Referee
Sam Marshall ... Soccer Son
Mandy Medlin ... Teacher

Larrs Jackson ... Chauffer Redmond

Cleo King ... TSA Supervisor Daisy Bell
Corena Chase ... TSA Security Officer
Justin Michael Duval ... TSA Security Guard
Heidi Brucker ... Southwest Gate Agent
Lily Marshall-Fricker ... Lily
Kamilla Bjorlin ... Sherry Donaldson

Anna A. White ... Weather Girl (as Anna Aimee White)

Stefanie Sherk ... Stage Manager
Marty Nadler ... Cameraman #1

Scott Sener ... Cameraman #2

Colin Owens ... Male Anchor
Calvin Jung ... Flower Mart Simon
Serena Poon ... Chinese Vendor
Kazumi Nakamura ... Japanese Vendor

Gwenda Perez ... Spanish Vendor
Kiko Kiko ... Dodger Grandmother
Joseph Leo Bwarie ... Mailroom Danny

Robert Belushi ... Mailroom Ted
Jaclyn Miller ... ACM Receptionist
Joe Smith ... ACM Restaurant Waiter
Katie Joy Horwitch ... ACM Outdoor Café Waitress (as Katie Joy)

Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Young Nurse

Barbara Marshall ... Head Nurse
Stephanie Fabian ... Candy Striper

Sandra Taylor ... Beach Girl Candy

Sarah Lilly ... Lady With Dog
Tony Scruggs ... Beverly Wilshire Waiter

Roberta Valderrama ... Angry Girlfriend

Cyrus Alexander ... Cisco the Cheater

Peter Allen Vogt ... Cupid

Paul Vogt ... Shouting Sheldon

Bonnie Aarons ... Strange Lady

Adreana Gonzalez ... Cemetery Ticket Vendor
Matt Merchant ... Loud Guy
Lisa Valenzuela ... Loud Lady
Howard Storm ... Louder Guy
Jennifer Amy ... Bistro Gardens Waitress

Rance Howard ... Bistro Gardens Diner

Travina Springer ... Sign Language Interpreter

Tracy Reiner ... French Photographer

Hannah Storm ... ESPN Hannah Storm

Mike Greenberg ... ESPN Radio Announcer #1 (voice)
Mike Golic ... ESPN Radio Announcer #2 (voice)

Paul Williams ... Romeo Midnight (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jerald Garner ... Kara's Friend / Singer / Dancer
Gladys Khan ... Indian Groom Ajay's Mother

Mobin Khan ... Indian Groom Ajay's Father

Susie Abraham ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Nicole Abramson ... Soccer Mom (uncredited)

Guilford Adams ... Vista Movie Theatre Owner (uncredited)

Emily Arlook ... Skater Girl (uncredited)
David Arnold ... Baggage Claim Businessman (uncredited)
Kimberly Arnold ... Latte Girl / Theater Patron (uncredited)

Kenneth Mark Bhan ... Dancer (uncredited)

Bubba Da Skitso ... Man at Security Gate (uncredited)

Jennifer De Minco ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Rick L. Dean ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Norman Deesing ... Celebrity Lookalike (uncredited)
Vivi Devereaux ... Waiter (uncredited)
Josh Driver ... Angry Theater Patron (uncredited)
Barbra Dunn ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Roger Groh ... Box Office Manager (uncredited)

Aimee Adams Hall ... Rani's Friend (uncredited)

Melinda Haugh ... Bistro Gardens Waitress #3 (uncredited)
Jennifer Lynne Johnson ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Rowan Joseph ... Angry Soccer Dad (uncredited)
Eva Kapusi ... Flower Shop Customer (uncredited)

Christopher John Karr ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)

Aramis Knight ... (uncredited)

Kathryn Le ... Connie (uncredited)

Rachael Lee ... Girl on School Stairs (uncredited)

Joe Mantegna ... Angry Driver (uncredited)

Hans Marrero ... Gardner (uncredited)

Garry Marshall ... Musician (uncredited)

Taylor McCluskey ... (uncredited)

Kristin Mellian ... Bistro Gardens Waitress #2 (uncredited)
David Andrew Monahan ... Dude 3 (uncredited)
Bethanie Morrissey ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Ash Nair ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Cortney Osborn ... Kara's Friend / Singer (uncredited)

Angie Patterson ... Nanny (uncredited)
Aaron Pushkar ... Bistro Gardens Bartender (uncredited)
Ivonne Quinteros ... Charlie's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Gishel Rafael ... (uncredited)

Heather Rose ... Customer (uncredited)

Gabriel Rydel-Jurgens ... Jimmy the Wise Kid (uncredited)
Johnny Sale ... Cougar's Date (uncredited)

Amanda Smith ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

Michael A. Templeton ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

Derek Theler ... Masseuse (uncredited)

Emily Moss Wilson ... Kissing Girl (uncredited)

Greg Wilson ... Kissing Guy (uncredited)

Agnes-Nicole Winter ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
Katie Witkowski ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
Joel Zaldivar ... Beach Lover Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Katherine Fugate (screenplay)

Katherine Fugate (story) and
Abby Kohn (story) &
Marc Silverstein (story)

Produced by
Samuel J. Brown .... executive producer
Michael Disco .... executive producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Heather Hall .... associate producer
Russell Hollander .... associate producer
Mike Karz .... producer
Mark Kaufman .... associate producer
Diana Pokorny .... executive producer
Wayne Allan Rice .... producer (as Wayne Rice)
Josie Rosen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Debney 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky 
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
 
Art Direction by
Adrian Gorton 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hairstylist: Anne Hathaway
David Danon .... hair stylist
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... makeup department head (as Deborah LaMia Denaver)
Linda D. Flowers .... hair stylist
Maggie E. German .... key makeup artist: second unit
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup artist: Anne Hathaway
Tracey Levy .... makeup artist: Mr. Kutcher
Kelly Muldoon .... hair stylist: second unit
Janine Rath .... department head hair stylist (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Jessica Alba
Janeen Schreyer .... makeup artist: Ms. Roberts & Mr. Cooper
Nicole Venables .... key hair stylist
Cinzia Zanetti .... key makeup artist
K. Troy Zestos .... hair stylist: second unit
 
Production Management
Michelle Morrissey .... production supervisor
Diana Pokorny .... unit production manager
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bac DeLorme .... first assistant director: second unit
Matthew Janssen .... second second assistant director
Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. .... assistant director: additional photography
Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. .... second second assistant director
Paul Schmitz .... assistant director: second unit
Jeffrey Schwartz .... second assistant director
Shea Varge .... second second assistant director
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David B. Brenner .... construction coordinator
Devin Buries .... construction medic
Timothy M. Earls .... set designer
Andrew P. Flores .... stand-by painter (as Andy Flores)
Hannah M. Hinkel .... props
Farrell Ingle .... art department production assistant
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction foreman
Ernest H. Lauterio .... property assistant
Wayne Lindholm .... propmaker
Stuart Magruder .... art department assistant
Masako Masuda .... set designer
Merdyce McClaran .... on-set dresser
Kathy Orlando .... set decoration buyer
Kim Papazian .... graphic designer
Mike Peritz .... set dresser
Bob Renna .... draper
Brent Rice .... gang boss
Michael Semon .... assistant propmaster
Mike Semon .... assistant property master
Hanna Shapiro .... set decoration production assistant
Michael Timman .... set dresser
Bruce West .... set designer
Mark Woods .... leadman
Rick Young .... property master
David Agajanian .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... dialogue editor
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer: second unit
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
Mark Coffey .... first assistant sound editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound editor
Eric Flickinger .... digital sound mix technician
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Kimberly Harris .... adr supervisor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... boom operator
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Daniel R. Kerr .... sound effects recordist
Mark A. Mangini .... sound designer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
John Jay Martyn .... sound re-recording mixer
James M. McCann .... boom operator: second unit
Lane McGiboney .... adr recordist
Reagan Mendoza .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Michele Perrone .... dialogue editor
Bud Raymond .... utility sound technician
Cary Weitz .... boom operator
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Gary Raymond .... Pro Tools music playback and recording (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeremy Hays .... special effects supervisor
Jonathan Kombrinck .... special effects technician
Mark Lilienthal .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Annalyn Betinol .... roto artist
Fortunato Frattasio .... digital effects artist: Wildfire VFX
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Katie Miller .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Caleb Owens .... digital compositor
Shaun Anthony Portillo .... roto artist
Janet Quen .... senior Flame artist
Salahuddin Razul .... roto artist
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Pat Banta .... assistant stunt coordinator
Christian Eric Billings .... stunt performer
Austen Brewer .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Wade Eastwood .... stunt driver
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt double: George Lopez
Andy Gill .... stunts
Logan Holladay .... stunts
Ray Siegle .... stunt double: Joe Mantegna
Nancy Wetzel .... stunt double: Jennifer Garner
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sal Alvarez .... second assistant camera
Mark Bain .... film loader: second unit
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Kelly Beaird .... grip
Nick Beaird .... grip
Danny Brazen .... second unit: key grip
Robin Bursey .... film loader
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator
Tom Conway .... dolly grip
Chris Cotterman .... grip: additional photography
Daniel Dorowsky .... rigging elect
Danny Durr .... lighting technician
Eric Dvorsky .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Jason Ellson .... additional steadicam operator
Scott Floren .... grip
Hilario Gonzalez .... second unit: grip (as Larry Gonzales)
Dylan Goss .... aerial director of photography
Paul Hamacher .... dolly grip
Paul Hazard .... best boy electric
Colin Hudson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Colin Hudson .... steadicam operator
Steve Irvine .... set lighting technician
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera
Mark Irwin .... director of photography: second unit
Joe Iverson .... gaffer: second unit
Kyle Jewell .... second-unit first assistant camera
Jared Jordan .... camera loader: additional photography
Tommy Klines .... first assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste LeConte .... gaffer: second unit
Lonnie Leslie .... grip
Amber Maahs .... grip
Jim McComas .... electrician
Luke Miller .... lighting technician: second unit
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
Bruce Olinder .... gaffer: second unit
Jesse Olivares .... video engineer: additional photography
Michael Orr .... rigging grip
Georgia Packard .... camera operator: "c" camera
Michelle Pizanis .... second assistant camera: re-shoots
Alfredo Rosado .... second unit: assistant camera
John Savedra .... lighting technician
Douglas I. Schwartz .... camera production assistant (as Douglas Schwartz)
Bryce Shields .... digital video assist
Larissa Supplitt .... "a"camera second assistant
Dave Thurlow .... lighting technician
Chris Toll .... first assistant camera
Chuck Turner .... best boy / grip
Mitchell Ursetta .... electrician
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maryellen Aviano .... extras casting coordinator
Claire Benjamin .... extras casting
Lauren Cokeley .... extras casting assistant
Wendy Washbrook .... extras casting
Lisa Zagoria .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Borman .... key costumer
Maria Bradley .... costumer: Jennifer Garner
Cheryl Cravedi .... costumer
Phillip Howard .... set costumer
Rosa Lopez .... set costumer
Jessica Peel .... assistant costume designer
Anton Schneider .... personal costumer
Susan Strubel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Kathleen Largay .... digital intermediate editor and colorist assist
Robert Malina .... assistant editor
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Bethany Orlemann .... first assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Hugh Ross .... assistant editor
Kevin Tent .... additional editor
Jan Yarbrough .... digital intermediate colorist
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
John Debney .... conductor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Jessica Neilson .... music coordinator
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
 
Transportation Department
Cesar Angobaldo .... transportation coordinator: reshoots (as Cesar Angebaldo)
Ronald Augustus .... driver
Mark Brown .... production van driver
Kenneth A. Owen .... driver: special equipment (as Ken Owen)
Sharon M. Segal .... dot compliance
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Paul Tumber .... transportation
Kenny Youngblood .... transportation coordinator: seocnd unit
 
Other crew
H. Leah Amir .... key craft service
Kimberly Arnold .... assistant: Garry Marshall
Ryan Babbs .... stand-in
Ismail Bashey .... adr artist
Michael Bilog .... first assistant production accountant
LaWanda Black .... total assistant
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Mary Malone Browning .... assistant to Mike Karz (as Mary Browning)
Mary Malone Browning .... assistant: Mike Karz & Josie Rosen
Josh Burns .... key assistant location manager
Peggy Casey .... floral manager/designer
Sarah Catizone .... key set medic
Katie Christian .... legal assistant
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor
Seth Donavan .... stand-in
Terry Edinger .... production accountant
Erin Engman .... assistant production coordinator
Erin Fahey .... production assistant
Linda H. Friedman .... assistant: Wayne Rice (as Linda Friedman)
Carrie Black Gallison .... script coordinator
Maura Gannett .... studio teacher
Matthew J. Gannon .... additional production assistant
Elan Garfias .... adr voice
Katy Genovese .... payroll accountant
Isidora Goreshter .... stand-in: Anne Hathaway
Ali Griffith .... additional assistant production coordinator
Erin Rose Grindler .... second assistant accountant (as Erin Rose)
Brandon Gutierrez .... projectionist
Matthew Scott Hill .... photo double
Luke Hippely .... production assistant
Candace Infuso .... production intern
Marisol Jiménez .... construction accountant
Ryan Kaercher .... production assistant
Chris Kerner .... misc crew
Zaayan Lala .... choreographer: additional choreography
Jim Lau .... adr voice
Teresa Jolene Lee .... second unit: set production assistant
Taylor McCluskey .... photo double (as Taylor McCluskey)
John R. McCormick .... animal trainer
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough .... photo double : Julia Roberts
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough .... stand-in: Julia Roberts
Kevin McKeon .... office staff assistant
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator: pilot
Allison Mella Strina .... business and legal affairs (as Allison J. Mella)
Vanessa Mendoza .... assistant: Diana Pokorny (as Vanessa I. Mendoza)
Matt V. Messina .... key assistant location manager
Kevin Mukherji .... adr voice
William Ngo .... stand-in
Anthony Ocasio .... production assistant
Christian Papazian .... production assistant
Julia Prescott .... production assistant
Chance Propps .... intern
Lindsay Ratowsky .... personal assistant to actor
Michael Roccuzzo .... post-production accountant
Erin Sahlstrom .... production coordinator: second unit
Sanjay .... adr voice
Jordan Schmidt .... assistant location manager: second unit
Douglas I. Schwartz .... production assistant
Sharon M. Segal .... transportaion accountant
Jasan Sherman .... key assistant location manager
George Shockley .... key assistant location manager
Kerri Smeltzer .... production coordinator
Jessica Noel Smith .... stand-in
Danielle Soibelman .... adr loop group
Kori Sparks .... set production assistant
Erin Stern .... set production assistant
Ani Vanoyan .... assistant accountant
Amy Venghaus .... key set production assistant
Hilary Walker .... key assistant location manager
Emily Moss Wilson .... script coordinator (as Emily M. Moss)
Greg Wilson .... assistant: Garry Marshall
Kimberly Wood .... assistant choreographer
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Linda Wang .... dialogue coach: Chinese (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Barbara Sue Wells .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks to
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity
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Trivia:
In the scene with Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx on the couch, behind Biel's head a Jumbo Elephant with TUFTS on it. Ms Biel attended Tufts in the early 2000s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene that begins with Kara Monahan lying on the floor crying, there were M&Ms spilled on her laptop in one shot, but on the next shot they were no longer there.See more »
Quotes:
[finishes phone sex conversation and turns around]
Liz:Oh, God.
Jason:That is a really weird way to talk to your boss.
Liz:It's not what you think
Jason:Really?
[feigned sigh]
Jason:Awesome, because, what I think it is, is you leaving me at dinner to talk dirty to your boyfriend Stanley.
Liz:No. No, no, no, no, no, no.
[feign sigh]
Jason:What a relief to know you're not someone who licks people all up and down with their scratchy kitty-cat tongue.
[...]
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75 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Romantic Comedy, 12 February 2010
Author: diac228 (diac1987@netscape.net) from Orlando, Florida

As a disgruntledly (not a word, shut up) unemployed film critic, I must take drastic measures in concealing my opinion towards a movie you are going to wind up seeing regardless. This time, I have taken my single self to see Valentine's Day, to see if it can measure up to last year's star-sprinkled surprise-surprise hit comedy He's Just Not That into You. I wanted to see that if despite without the lovey-dovey person by my side (which has been a vacant position for a while) the movie can still deliver, entertain, and touch the soul.

Also, I wanted to see if people working at the theater would dedicate a bit of time from their ordinary day to point out that it's strange that I am watching a movie called Valentine's Day by myself. I approached the ticket counter and asked for my ticket. After momentary laughter the man at the counter presented me with my ticket. I then enter through the doors and approach the lady ripping the tickets and sending me in the right direction. After her laughter subdued, she pointed me to theater #1.

Valentine's Day works in the tradition of last year's February romantic success story, and Love Actually, a British dramatic rom-com that jump-started the technique of applying multiple love stories in a film. That way, if one story doesn't work, you have multiple other chances to still enjoy the movie. To spice things up, the movie contains one of the biggest casts of stars since the never-duplicated insanity of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. What other movie can boast the collaboration of Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, and even Shirley MacLaine?

But of course, when you have this many stars, that means so many stories; and less time for character development. This is where the film mostly disappoints, very little developing or changing from anyone associated with the movie. Without revealing too much, there is literally 10 or 11 (lost count) plot lines mixing and intertwining together in a span of just two hours. This equals an average of 12 minutes per story. In actuality however, some stories are actually shorter than others. Katherine Fugate had the right idea when writing the screenplay, but the execution wasn't the best considering that some stories worked and some were just boring to the core. Poor Garry Marshall can only do so much, even though his best days (Pretty Woman, Happy Days) are long gone.

The limited time for acting also diminished the performances of almost every single star in the movie. However, the acting performances of the younger tots (Taylor Swift, Emma Roberts, Taylor Lautner, Carter Jenkins) were much weaker when compared to the veterans Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Shirley MacLaine, and Héctor Elizondo. One other note: Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Bradley Cooper are three men that given the little time in this movie delivered swell performances that was undermined only by the writing. Their comic timing kept the movie afloat when the flick was threatening to totally flounder.

Like I said before, some stories worked, and other stories were absolutely dreadful to watch. The high school-based stories in Valentine's Day were the weakest, shortest, and the most pointless. In the meantime, the Anne Hathaway/Topher Grace story and the conflict involving Kutcher, Alba, Jennifer Garner, and Patrick Dempsey were the most entertaining to watch. Nearly all the stories had their share of clichés, with only one of them containing a surprise or two. The chemistry wasn't that intense, because there was no time for it to happen. The dialogue was never allowed to intensify or dwell deeper into the concept of love. A few good one-liners here and there, but nothing really worth remembering.

Bottom Line: The problem with Valentine's Day is very simple: we've seen it before and after 2009 being such a good year for romantic comedies, the expectations are higher. It takes more than just a bunch of big stars to propel a rom-com to quality heights; you need strong writing, good chemistry, strong direction, and a hintage of unpredictability. That's how The Proposal, He's Just Not That Into You, The Ugly Truth, and especially (500) Days of Summer made 2009 one of the greatest years for romance in a long time. This was also the issue with Couple's Retreat, the last blockbuster romantic comedy of 09. Valentine's Day has its moments indeed (Anne Hathaway is hilarious), but don't expect it to be anything better than mediocre. Simply there were too many stories and most of them with less depth than a puddle.

And none of this criticism has to do with the fact that I saw the movie by myself.

Honestly.

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